Influence of temperature and food availability on the biochemical composition and mortality of juvenile Mercenaria mercenaria ( L . ) during the overwinter period

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  title={Influence of temperature and food availability on the biochemical composition and mortality of juvenile Mercenaria mercenaria ( L . ) during the overwinter period},
  author={Chester B. Zarnoch and Martin P. Schreibman},
  year={2008}
}
Over-winter mortality of juvenile aquacultured northern quahogs (=hard clams), Mercenaria mercenaria, is a significant problem for the MidAtlantic and Northeast aquaculturists. Although protecting seed from predators improves survival, significant mortalities still frequently exceed 50%. The mortality has been attributed to severe winter temperatures, however, this suggestion has yet to be systematically investigated. We hypothesize that extended periods of low water temperatures (b5 °C) will… CONTINUE READING

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